We just had Banned Books Week here in the US – so we want to know, how do you feel about book banning? What are some of your favorite books that have been banned or challenged?
Book banning is awful, isn’t it? I think it is sad that schools and governments try to decide what people should and should not read. That decision should be left up to the individual or the parent of the minor. I don’t want anyone else who thinks they have authority over me to tell me I can’t read something because they disagree with some of the topics. For example – one very popular banned/challenged book series is Harry Potter – because it contains magic. Well, if you just read the books you’ll see how many important life lessons those books teach. Sure, there’s witchcraft, but rather than keeping that from people, let’s educate the masses that magic isn’t real. Done. Every year when lists of banned and challenges books are published, I enjoy seeing how many of those books I’ve read – and some in school! The banned/challenged books tend to be pretty thought-provoking, educational, and lead to great discussions. So let people make their own decisions and learn from these great books.
If you really want to get people interested in reading a book, just tell them it is on a banned list. There is no better sure-fire way to get a student excited to read a book than telling him/her that the book has been banned. I guess people love rebelling??? Banned books lists prove just how influential books can be on society. Thinking is challenged, mindsets broadens, and revolutions started due to the written words contained between the covers of books. Governing bodies of various institutions uniformly recognize the power of books by creating lists of literature that is not permitted for general consumption. I personally know that if I am told that a book is banned, I am automatically more interested in reading it. Weird. I guess there is a little rebellion in me after all.